The Divine Sect
Mysticism, Power and Abuse
The first major investigation into the controversial Focolare Movement founded in 1942 by Chiara Lubich (1920-2008). A powerful and gigantic Church-supported lay organization present in 182 countries and with two million followers, Focolares base their activities on three elements: the art of loving, community and dialogue. This book is an extensively researched account of the darker aspects of the movement: sexual abuse, female enslavement, questionable mysticism, misuse of donations, exploitation, censorship, and a refined and questionable system of “fund raising”. Filled with exclusive interviews and first person testimonies, this exposé is, according the author, a prime example of fundamentalist tendencies of international Catholic associations.